Because there is a shortage of donated organs, patients must wait for an organ. Waiting times can differ for each patient.
Average (median) waiting times to transplant - in days
|Kidney & Pancreas 2||278||*|
|* too few cases to provide
** based on less than 100 cases
1 Based on patient registrations in the UK, 1
Apr 2005 - 31 Mar 2009
2 Based on patient registrations (including pancreas only) in the UK, 1 Apr 2006 - 31 Mar 2010
3 Based on patient elective registrations in the UK, 1 Apr 2007 - 31 Mar 2010
Some patients and their families may decide to opt for a living donor transplant.
"I support organ donation because transplants give a seriously ill person a second chance. When we die our earthly bodies are of no further use to us; I feel we all have an obligation to help someone else's life go on."
Michael J. McGivern
Cardiac rehabilitation/support practitioner